This statement is drafted for all of the members of our community. The TOUCC has been fully committed to gaining and distributing information regarding the purchase and development of Gilestone Farm. We have been as frustrated as everybody in the community with the speed of communication and the lack of its content.
We are now entering a vital stage of the development and are close to arranging a meeting with Gerwyn Evans of the Welsh Government to allow us to build not only a communication strategy, but an engagement strategy, where we will be part of the discussion and consultation instead of being simply a conduit for portraying pre released information.
Once this stage has been developed TOUCC will arrange a public consultation and meeting for members of the community to attend, gain factual information about the development, and discuss thoroughly. Once this meeting has taken place, a working group will put together a Community Survey to gauge public feeling for the development. From this survey TOUCC will then be able to focus on the issues that the community feel most strongly about, and to ensure we are working for the community as a whole.
With the above plans in place it has been decided by a majority of the members of TOUCC not to attend the meeting arranged by MS James Evans on the 8th of June.
Please be assured that TOUCC is fully committed to the community of Talybont on Usk and the surrounding villages. We have been, and will continue to deal in factual information, we will continue to press the Welsh Government for more information, will ensure that we (and therefore you) are part of the consultation process, and will immediately inform the community of any information gained via our website, social media, notice boards, monthly meetings, and public meetings as required.
We were elected to serve the community and that is a commitment we take very seriously.
Cllr Colin Parry (Chair of TOUCC)